Over the past two years, dozens of organizations used Facebook's Data for Good products to improve wellbeing and save lives. Their most profound applications include disaster preparedness projects, vaccination campaigns, and effective deployment of services during times of natural disaster.
Population Density Maps
BASEflow uses high resolution population estimates from Facebook to improve water infrastructure planning in Malawi
As part of this mission, BASEflow has been providing data quality control and troubleshooting support on an ambitious two-year mapping project funded by the Scottish Government, in close collaboration with the Malawi Government and University of Strathclyde, to determine the location and usage of every water point in rural parts of the country. BASEflow used a new feature built by the team at mWater called “population within,” which leverages Facebook’s high resolution population density maps to determine how many people are within a user-defined distance of a water source.
Displacement and Gender on St Vincent Following the La Soufriere Volcanic Eruption
CrisisReady analyzed movement and displacement data in St. Vincent following the La Soufriere volcanic eruption. This analysis found significant movements of populations from the most heavily impacted areas, correlations in population decreases with shelter locations, and gendered effects in long term displacement.
Cross-Border Mobility Responses to Covid-19 in Europe: New Evidence from Facebook Data
This study by Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research and Universite Catholique de Louvain uses Facebook users’ mobility to study the daily evolution of cross-border movements of people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Movement Range Maps
The ethical use of high‑performance computing and artifcial intelligence: fighting COVID‑19 at Barcelona Supercomputing Center
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an extraordinary medical, economic and humanitarian emergency. Artificial intelligence, in combination with other digital technologies, is being used as a tool to support the fight against the viral pandemic that has affected the entire world since the beginning of 2020.
COVID-19 To Go? The Role of Disasters and Evacuation in the COVID-19 Pandemic
This study investigates the relationship between disaster damage, sheltering-in-place, evacuation-related mobility, and contagion following Hurricane Zeta in Southeastern Louisiana and The Wildfires in Napa and Sonoma Counties, California, known as the Glass Fire. The study draws on data from the county subdivision level and mapped and aggregated tallies of Facebook user movement. Findings suggest associations between disaster damage and higher rates of COVID-19 cases.
INDONESIA: COVID-19 Country Profile from the COVID-19 Symptom Survey for January 10 – March 31, 2021
This report aims to help policymakers utilize data collected from the COVID-19 Symptom Survey to inform the COVID-19 response in Indonesia. This country profile provides demographic breakdowns of self-reported COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, reasons for hesitancy, trusted information sources and key behaviors such as mask wearing and social distancing in Indonesia. The report’s findings are based on a sample size of 178,988 survey respondents in Indonesia from January 10 - March 31, 2021.